Bettman: NHL's latest offer a significant step

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Bettman: NHL's latest offer a significant step

The NHL and its players union proved Tuesday that when you lock four men ina room, the wheels of progress begin to turn.For the first time all summer, progress has come in the form of a newproposal by the NHL owners that commissioner Gary Bettman called deemed significant.We believe that we made a significant, meaningful step, Bettman toldreporters after emerging from a meeting that included NHL deputy commissionerBill Daly, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and his deputy Steve Fehr.Fehr said he will present the contents of the new proposal to the leagues700-plus players and return to the bargaining table on Wednesday.Its a proposal that we intend to respond to, Fehr said. Ill leave it atthat.How the players respond to the proposal will go a long way in determining ifthe NHL will have a work stoppage when the current Collective BargainingAgreement expires on Sept. 15.Since beginning negotiations in June the two sides have presented two verydifferent proposals and Tuesday marked the first movement by either side on thoseproposals. Bettman indicated the leagues new plan brings together the two proposals ina way that should promote more productive talks between the two sides.Im trying to get us on to the same page, Bettman said. Im trying to getus on to a common language.With a lockout looming and players already skating at team facilities, Fehrsreaction to Wednesdays contract talks will be a significant barometer ofwhether training camps will open as scheduled on Sept. 21.

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Gonzalez takes the mound as the Nats kick off weekend set vs. Rockies

Gonzalez takes the mound as the Nats kick off weekend set vs. Rockies

Nats (74-53) vs. Rockies (60-67) at Nationals Park

The Nationals will look to make it back-to-back wins Friday night as they host the Colorado Rockies for the first of a three-game weekend set. Washington will send Gio Gonzalez (8-9, 4.30 ERA) to the mound to oppose rookie right hander Jeff Hoffman (0-1, 13.50 ERA). 

The last time these two clubs met, the Nats dropped two of three in Colorado, as they were overwhelmed by the Rockies' power-laden lineup. Dusty Baker and company will hope to fare better this time around in the friendly confines of Nats Park.  

Speaking of Baker, his lineup will be without Wilson Ramos for the second straight day. The Nats' skipper explained before Friday's game that his catcher is fine, and that the move is to simply give him an additional day of rest. Jose Lobaton, who called Thursday night's shutout against the Orioles, will be back in there and batting eighth. Other than that, it's the typical lineup. 

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.
TV: MASN 2
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Gio Gonzalez vs. Rockies - Jeff Hoffman

NATS

CF Trea Turner
LF Jayson Werth
2B Daniel Murphy
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez

ROCKIES

CF Charlie Blackmon
1B Stephen Cardullo 
3B Nolan Arenado
RF Carlos Gonzalez
LF Ryan Raburn
C Nick Hundley
2B Daniel Descalso 
SS Cristhian Adames
RHP Jeff Hoffman

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Holtby thinks Price should start for Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Holtby thinks Price should start for Canada in World Cup of Hockey

Team Canada's roster for the World Cup of Hockey features an incredible trio of goalies with Braden Holtby, Carey Price and Corey Crawford.

Any coach would have trouble picking one of those three goalies to start, but Holtby has an idea who he would go with and it's not who you think.

"All of us want to play, but if Carey's healthy, there's no reason to not go with him," Holtby told Katie Brown of NHL.com. "He has all the experience internationally and the smart choice obviously would be that. I'm going to go there and play hard, [do] what I do, support the team in any way possible, whether it's playing or supporting another guy."

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Holtby has a very strong case to start for Team Canada. Price was limited to only 12 games last season due to an MCL sprain and hasn't played in a game since Nov. 25.  Holtby, meanwhile, is the reigning Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top netminder. No one has been better over the past year.

And yet, it sounds like he would be just fine sitting on the bench behind Price and so probably would many Caps fans.

Holtby has been an absolute work horse the past two seasons playing in 139 regular season games and 25 playoff games in the past two years. Fatigue has to be something head coach Barry Trotz has to be thinking about this season with the World Cup tournament set to take place jsut before the season starts.

Perhaps seeing Holtby sit on the bench wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for the Caps.

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Rex and Rob Ryan seen hanging out in Nationals jerseys

Rex and Rob Ryan seen hanging out in Nationals jerseys

If you're a football fan, chances are you already know that Rex and Rob Ryan are a bit nuts. With the Buffalo Bills in town to play the Redskins in a preseason matchup Friday, it appears the Ryans are doing their best to try and fit in with the locals.

Check out this picture a sharp-eyed fan took Friday afternoon:

Those two guys sure look an awful lot like Rex and Rob Ryan.

According to the Tweet they were at the restaurant MXDC Cocina Mexicana located in Northwest D.C. That would make sense since the Redskins are hosting Buffalo on Friday night and Rex is the head coach of the Bills and Rob is an assistant coach. Plus, if we know anything about the Ryans, it's that they like to eat.

So what's with the Nationals jerseys? Here's my theory:

They're weird.

From appearing in an Adam Sandler movie, to dressing up like each other, to...whatever the heck this is, the Ryan brothers are fun to follow just because you never know what they're going to do next. This is just the latest example.

The Ryans will be on the sidelines tonight, presumably wearing Buffalo gear, as the Redskins host the Bills in their third preseason game. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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